24 August 2015

Yves Rocher- haul & first impression review

Hello peeps,
as summer days are coming to an end, I thought it was a perfect time for a little, beauty shopping spree. This past month I have been particularly loving the Yves Rocher stores and their amazing offers, and so here I have five new products I purchased only a few days/weeks back along with a short first impression review. 

£9.90 (on sale)
My skin gets very dehydrated and sensitive in winter which accompanies really annoying redness on my face caused by the slightest change in temperature- that is; walking from an arctic cold classroom into a desert hot school corridor. For a while now I've been searching for something to reduce the sensitivity of my skin and thought to try out this cream. I used it only twice, in the mornings, and so far I'm liking it and have big hopes for it. It sinks in really quickly, has a super light formula and I can actually feel it cool my cheeks down. You'll definitely hear from me about this product in the nearest future with either a positive or negative review, so keep an eye out. 

£5.00 (on sale)
This was actually the reason for my shopping at Yves Rocher. I love experimenting with various facial scrubs and really wanted to give this one a go. From my first use I actually didn't see or feel any difference on my skin, however. But so far I can say it isn't harsh and doesn't dry my skin out even more. I'll continue using it twice a week, as recommended and keep you guys updated whether I like it or not.

£6.50 (on sale)
I only used this a couple of times but I'm pretty certain I'll be loving it. Basically, apply it twice a week, leave on for 5 minutes and wipe down the excess using a cotton pad. However, the lady in the store said you don't actually have to remove it and just go to sleep with it on, which is exactly what I did. Again, very light consistency that absorbs quickly and leaves my face super soft in the morning! It's a perfect mask for me as I never seem to have time during school year to bother with face masks at 11pm :P

£1.90 (on sale)
Okay, this on was actually kind of ''pushed in'' (quite literally). The lady at the till said ''oh, you only need to spend this and that more to get an extra stamp on your card, maybe a lip balm?'' and I just went, ''okay toss it in, I need one anyway'' (I actually did and it's not like it costs a fortune). But, it has disappointed me, big time. Yes, it does smell and taste amazing, but once it absorbs into the lips, they feel twice as dry as they were in the beginning. I'll keep it in the pocket of my school blazer because it is really handy, but I don't see myself repurchasing it again :/

£3.50 (ON SALE)
This is the one I'm most excited about. If you haven't heard about the ''no poo'' (no shampoo) method of washing your hair, it translates quite literally. It's a current trend, started in the US, where you wash your hair with only water or apple vinegar. And thanks to Yves Rocher, people who are not as brave to take up the challenge (like me) now have a shampoo which doesn't contain either sulfate or silicone (chemicals which in fact may damage the structure of the hair and act harshly on the scalp) and so it also doesn't foam and is very delicate. 
I got it two weeks ago and have been using it since. My feelings are mixed. One way I love that it's a natural way of washing my hair, they look really shiny and healthy and it's quite easy to get used to the non-foaming formula.
The other I really dislike how I have to wash my hair twice under the shower to avoid greasy strands in the morning and pay attention as to whether my entire head has been washed or not. 
But I am aware the high temperatures outside are causing my hair to get greasy a lot quicker so I'm going to keep using it throughout autumn and see how it works for me.

Okie dokie, that is it. By the way, am I the only one feeling excited to go back to school? Please tell me I haven't gone nuts :P 

I would really love to hear if you've used any of these before or what your most recent beauty purchases are so do let me know down in the comments and I hope you have a lovely week ahead :)


03 August 2015

Mini, monthly book haul

Hello peeps,
one thing there's always space for on my shelves are definitely books. I can never have enough, even if my reading list extends beyond possible to find time for within the school year. And since I managed to save up some money I decided to spend them on some new novels to add to my collection.

As I'm currently in Poland I obviously purchased all of the above in Polish but am still more than excited to share them with you.

First of my buys is titled Margo, The Dangerous Island by Janusz Onufrowicz  that is in fact a Polish author. It has not been translated into English, which I personally think is a shame. I've already read down few chapters which I have been enjoying. It's a very light and easy read, full of action and sarcastic dialogues.

The plot is about a ten year old Margo who's sold by her parents and lands in a deserted castle under the watchful eye of a psychopath guardian Mona Many. She's basically one hell of a piece of work and tries the best she cans to escape.

I feel like the novel is mostly aimed for children but since I had nothing else to grab on whilst away on holiday I thought this would be nice adventurous read for the summer.

The second book translates to Autumn Rose from The Dark Heroine series by Abigail Gibbs. I have absolutely been mad about the first part ''Dinner with a vampire'' and wanted the sequel since it was released on January of the previous year. 

It is obviously a vampire story, but a one that I feel is actually something more original. When 17 year old Violet Lee is kidnapped by a group of blood suckers she enters a completely unknown world of extravagance, wealth and old fashioned parties. There is no escape and the passion she grows for the dangerous Kaspar Varn deepens with each encounter. 

I haven't started on the Autumn Rose yet but I really want to know how the story continues on and what will Gibbs surprise me with this time :)

Last but least, I have borrowed The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown from my step mother, who has recommended for me to read it so much, the first thing I did after returning home was taking it and sitting down to read. 

I've never seen the movie which made me even more encouraged to read it, especially because so many people have talked about it all around me and I never really thought of actually grabbing it as a lecture. It's a good book to read for everyone, but because I'm a HUGE crime/mystery/thriller lover it is absolutely fascinating and I can't step away from it.

I'd love to know what new novels you have purchased or have been enjoying recently and know what's worth giving a go out there :) Please leave me a comment down below and I'll write again soon.